Aqualax(Polyethylene Glycol)

Therapeutic Group: Gastro Intestinal Disorders

Presentation

Aqualax : Each bottle contains 85 gm of Polyethylene glycol 3350 USP NF powder for solution.

Description

Aqualax is a white powder for reconstitution. It is a synthetic polyglycol having an average molecular weight of 3350. Aqualax is an osmotic agent that causes water to be retained with the stool. Aqualax appears to have no effect on the active absorption or secretion of glucose or electrolytes.

Indications

For the treatment of constipation. Aqualax should be used for 2 weeks or less or as directed by physician.

Dosage & Administration

The usual dose of Aqualax is 17 gm of powder per day (or as directed by physician) in a glass of water, juice, coke, coffee or tea. Each bottle of Aqualax is supplied with a cup that is used to measure 17 gm or 8.5 gm of laxative powder when filled upto the marked line.

Side Effects

Nausea, abdominal bloating, cramping and flatulence may occur. High doses may produce diarrhea and excessive stool frequency, particularly in elderly nursing home patients. Patients taking other medications containing polyethylene glycol have occasionally developed urticaria suggestive of an allergic reaction.

Precautions

Patients with symptoms suggestive of bowel obstruction (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or distention) should be evaluated to rule out this condition before initiating Aqualax therapy.Aqualax should be administered after being dissolved in water, juice, coke, coffee or tea.

Use in Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy: It is not known whether Polyethylene glycol can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman, or can effect reproductive capacity. Polyethylene glycol should only be administered to a pregnant woman if clearly needed.
Lactation: There is no information on the use of Polyethylene glycol while nursing. Consultation with a physician is necessary in case of breastfeeding.